A police sergeant who locked two helpless dogs inside his vehicle, on the hottest day in London since July 2006, has slashed his wrists and jumped from a colleagues car while travelling at 30mph - in an futile attempt to commit suicide.
The two dogs, one a Belgian Malinois Shepherd bitch and a German Shepherd puppy were found baking inside Sergeant Ian Craven's car. He had gone to attend a meeting several miles away and had locked the doors and fully closed the windows on Sunday - a day where temperatures soared to 30c (86f). He only realised his oversight more than an hour later and tried frantically to call fellow officers.
Kennel workers from the Metropolitan Police force's Dog Training Establishment, of which Sergeant Craven heads, cut through the steel cage which the dogs were inside and applied mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and cool water. But it was all in vain as both dogs died moments later.
Tina Dale, 54, who works at the kennels said: "The suffering those dogs went through is too unbearable to think about. I'm in bits, we tried so so hard, but it was too long, the damage had been done. What a bloody awful way to die."
Despite the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) rushing them both to a veterinary practice in Bromley, south London. The dogs were pronounced dead by the surgeon upon arrival. Sgt Craven, 49, accepted a lift back to the school from a co-worker, and reports in the Scottish Sun say he then leaped from the vehicle, while moving at 30mph in the Newham area of east London, and then fled. He was later found nearby with a hand injury and his wrists had been slashed in an attempted suicide bid.
Craven, married with three children, was also responsible for the death of another puppy left in a car in hot weather, around three years ago. That incident was not made public at the time. It is believed Craven is now being treated in a psychiatric unit.
Another police dog handler, Mark Johnson, left two dogs to die in back of his hot car last May. He was handed a six-month conditional discharge after he being found guilty of animal cruelty.